Tuesday, November 1, 2016

We bought a house

A house is made of bricks and beams.  A home is made of love and dreams.

We bought a house

I'm so excited to share with you that we bought a house!   After many months checking listings, 2 offers rejected and 11 open houses we found the one for us. 

We fell in love with our almost 100 years old house and we got it.  The house needed love.  We have been doing some renovations and working hard on transforming our house into our happy home.   We still have a lot to do and to buy but so far we have been enjoying the process. 

It's so exciting, quite overwhelming and still feels surreal that it's our.  We are feeling very blessed.   I am sharing with you the "before" photos hopefully I will be able to share the progress soon. 

We bought a house

We bought a house

We bought a house

We bought a house

We bought a house

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary

Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary


After the whole Harry Potter adventure, there was a big surprise for me: The trip included 2 days at Disneyland to enjoy all the Diamond anniversary celebrations.

We stayed 2 nights in order to be able to go to the new fireworks show "Disneyland forever" and to the new night parade "Paint the night" in Disneyland.  The other night we went to the World of Color at California Adventure, a new version of the show called Celebrate! in honor of Disneyland's 60th anniversary. 

I love all kind of rides from the classic Disneyland rides to the high-speed roller coaster.  This trip we did a little bit of everything. In Disneyland we went to the classics like Haunted mansion, it's a small world, Mad Tea and King Arthur carrousel and also to the new Hyperspace mountain.  At California adventure we couldn't miss California screamin, grizzly river run and Cars land. 

No matter the time of the year, Disney does it right especially at the holidays.  For the 60th anniversary there were decorations everywhere around in shades of blue and diamond, the whole park was dazzling.  It make it extra special 

For me Disneyland is the most magical place, it makes you feel a child over and over again.  It makes me feel young at heart. It really is the happiest place on Earth.

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary

Disneyland's 60th AnniversaryDisneyland's 60th Anniversary

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary

Disneyland's 60th AnniversaryDisneyland's 60th Anniversary

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

Tomorrow we will do beautiful things.  Antoni Gaudí

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

The Eixample catalan for the extension is a neighborhood in Barcelona developed in the second half of the nineteenth century.   The area is indeed an extension built in Barcelona after the demolition of the medieval city walls.  It was design by the Catalan engineer Ildefons Cerda in the 1850's. 

The Eixample is consider to be one of the first examples of modern urban planning.  It was designed to contain everything you will need for your daily live around.  It is known for the airy boulevards and wide sidewalks. 

Nowadays Eixample is famous for being home to the majority of Barcelona's modernist architecture (Catalan Art Nouveau) like Casa Lleó Morerera, Casa Amatller and the well known Casa Milá and Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí.      

On our last trip to Barcelona, we visited Casa Batlló located in Passeig de Gracia. It is a house reconstructed in 1904 by Gaudí for the aristocrat Josep Batlló.   

The building is known as the casa dels ossos (house of the bones) or casa del drac  (house of the dragon) and it is easy to see why.   The house represent the legend of Saint Jordi and the dragon. From the outside looks like it has been made from skulls and bones and the roof was built to look like the dragon.

Outside and inside the attention to detail is captivating.  Every shape and color has a reason.  Gaudí's architecture is so different and unforgettable.  The building is stunningly original and well worth the visit.

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

Casa Batlló. Barcelona

Casa Batlló. Barcelona